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Dublin Bail Bonds – Elderly man facing possible felony charges
Posted on: 08/07/2014
On April 4th 98-year-old Joe Luft was hit and killed while crossing Bancroft way in Berkeley. Luft was out for his daily walk from the Berkshire senior living facility.
The Alameda County District decided to change the original misdemeanor charges to felony vehicular homicide. The DA office determined that the driver showed complete disregard for human safety.
Driver Robert Gilchrist, 56, had uneaten food in his car, so investigators believe that he may have been eating while he was driving. Reports indicate that it didn’t seem like Gilchrist tried to brake, and he was also declared legally blind.
The new charges could result in up to 6 years in prison. Gilchrist is being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin until he appears in court again. Anyone who is seeking information on how to post bail may contact Dublin Bail Bonds.